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San Francisco City Championship: 2 Champs fall

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 1, 2008)-- Six-time San Francisco City winner Gary Vanier and two-time defending champ Diane Kwon were each defeated Saturday in their Round of 16 matches of this year's installment of the event, held at Harding Park.

Vanier held a two-hole lead over Taylor Travis through eight, but saw his putter abandon him down the homestretch while Travis came on strong to take a 2 & 1 victory.

Travis said after the match that he knew Vanier had won the event, but was surprised to hear just how accomplished his opponent was.

As for himself, the long and solid ball striker's short game is showing signs of "peaking" entering the quarterfinals.

"My putting has been pretty solid," said Travis. "During qualifying it was horrendous, but it's come back."

He will take on Tim Honeycutt, who topped Andrew Haggen 3 & 2, on Sunday.

"I've never had a match against Tim, but I know him through junior golf," said Travis. "It's going to be one hell of a match, there's going to be a lot of birdies I have a feeling."

Another former champ is still alive as Randy Haag didn't give opponent Scott Hardy much of a chance after sinking several 20-plus foot putts en route to a 5 & 4 victory.

He made five birdies and an eagle over 14 holes.

Haag will face off Sunday with the medalist, Colby Smith, who again looked sharp in a 4 & 3 win over Freddy Wolfe.

The pair were matched in the same foursome on Saturday, giving each other a preview of their quarterfinal opponent.

"He's got good distance control with his irons, even a miss with is driver and he's still hitting the ball 320 so he has a short iron in," Haag said of Smith. "But I don't mind hitting into the greens first, sometimes you can put some pressure on your opponent going first."

"What did I learn watching him?" said Smith. "Watch out for his putter, he is a very solid putter."

In the other matches, Eric Meeker downed Kory Storer 2-up and will face off with Kent Yamane, who beat Adam Barkow 2 & 1.

Martin Trainer defeated Dennis Carson 2 & 1 to set up a quarterfinal contest with Nick Sako, who beat Matt Lewis 1-up.

For the full championship flight bracket, click here.

In the women's division, Jordan Ontiveros completed a late comeback to overcome two-time defending champion Diane Kwon 1-up with a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole.

"I had the option of playing it safe with the three-wood or going with driver," said the 17-year-old Ontiveros. "I said, know what, this is the 18th hole let's just smack it down the middle. Then I hit the green and two-putted for par."

Ontiveros said her father caddying for her helped break some of the nerves of playing Kwon, who had limited time to practice for the event after undergoing ankle surgery after a skateboarding accident.

Kelly Wilson, a former tennis pro, defeated Casie Cathrea in 19 holes to advance.

For the full women's championship bracket, click here.

Then senior men were off for the weekend, they will resume semifinal play next weekend. For a look at that bracket, click here.

For a look at the brackets of the open flights' John Susko bracket, click here, for the Ken Venturi bracket, click here, and for the Harvie Ward bracket, click here.

amateurgolf.com would like to thank Kemper Sports and the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, and be sure to check back in Sunday for video coverage of the quarterfinal round.

 

ABOUT THE San Francisco City CHAMPIONSHIP

NOTE: 2017 REGISTRATIONS CLOSED ON JAN. 15.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

156 contestants will be allowed to qualify for the Men’s Championship flight. Qualifying will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses. The first 120 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2016 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 4, 2017. If more than 120 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre- qualify for the final 36 spots on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify will be refunded $150. Entrants who do not show for pre- qualifying will not be entitled to a refund. Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 63 contestants from the Men’s Championship qualifier, as well as the Past Champion, who will hold the number two seed. Competition will begin on March 11, 2017. All play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. Those contestants who post the 64th and 65th low scores will be deemed alternate #1 and #2, respectively.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and net divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, George Archer, and Dorothy Delasin. Some of the 'non winners' include Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. Click the 'history' tab for more about this wonderful event.

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